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Brides, September/October 2006

Brides, September/October 2006, Country Glamour

Country Glamour

The elegant Walcot Hall in Lydbury North, Shropshire, played host to Fiona and Tim’s wedding. Their ‘country glam’ palette of pale olive, powder pink and cream meshed beautifully with the rolling meadows and lush arboretum in the venue’s grounds. Fiona stole the show in a tailor made gown: "With my Indian heritage, I have a great love of beautiful fabrics and textures," she says. "I knew I wanted a V neckline, so my designer and I went shopping to try on different shapes. After picking the fabrics - ivory duchess satin and beaded Swiss lace - we got to work. Twelve fittings later, it was perfect!"

The nuptials focused on the past, present and future of Fiona and Tim’s love, with romantic readings about journeys together, seizing the moment and the anticipation of tomorrow. "We’ve been together for 10 years," says Fiona, "so Tim and I wanted our wedding to reflect our relationship."

After the ceremony, guests celebrated with vintage champagne while Fiona and Tim mingled. "I was on such a high!" recalls Fiona. "I hardly slept the night before, but the adrenaline carried me through the day."

The couple’s wedding meal was created from local produce, with fine wines to complement each dish. The first dance, to Nina Simone’s Feeling Good, was a big success: "Our neighbour, a professional dance teacher, taught us at home," says Fiona. "I loved it, although poor Tim wasn’t so keen."

As a surprise for the newlyweds, Fiona’s sister Robina asked guests to write in a leather guest book, alongside Polaroid photos of themselves. "We arrived at the bridal suite and there it was on the rose scattered bed!"

 

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